The BEST Substitute for Thyme (8+ Swap in Ideas)

There are several good substitutes for thyme, depending on your dish and what qualities of thyme you want to replace. Whether you’re looking for an earthy flavor, sweet flavor or savory flavor, I’ve got some great swap in ideas.

What to Substitute for Thyme

Oregano

Oregano has a similar earthy and slightly minty flavor. It works well in many dishes, especially Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.

Italian Seasoning

Italian seasoning is a blend of herbs that often includes thyme, oregano, and basil. Use a 1:1 ratio of Italian seasoning to dried thyme.

Rosemary

While rosemary has a stronger piney flavor, it can be a good substitute for thyme in certain dishes, particularly those that involve roasting or grilling meats.

Rosemary sprigs on counter.

Marjoram

With a mild, sweet flavor, marjoram is another suitable substitute for thyme, especially in recipes that call for dried thyme.

Basil

Fresh basil has a different flavor profile, but it can work as a substitute in some dishes, particularly those with a Mediterranean influence.

Sage

Sage has a strong, savory flavor and can be used as a substitute for thyme in certain dishes, particularly those involving poultry or stuffing.

Herbes de Provence

This is a blend of herbs, including thyme, rosemary, oregano, and sometimes savory. It’s a great all-purpose substitute for thyme in recipes that require a mix of herb flavors.

Dried thyme on spoon.

Poultry Seasoning

Poultry seasoning is another blend of herbs that often includes thyme, sage, and rosemary. Use a 1:1 ratio of poultry seasoning to dried thyme.

Related Recipes

Here are some recipes using thyme:

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The BEST Substitute for Thyme

There are several good substitutes for thyme, depending on your dish and what qualities of thyme you want to replace. Whether you’re looking for an earthy flavor, sweet flavor or savory flavor, I’ve got some great swap in ideas.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 teaspoon thyme

Ingredients

Option 1: Italian Seasoning

Option 2: Oregano

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  • Swap 1 teaspoon thyme for 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning OR 1 teaspoon oregano.
  • Enjoy in your favorite recipe that calls for thyme.
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